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Shocking it may sound but it is a fact that several schools which have been named after the martyrs in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are lacking basic facilities and adequate infrastructure mainly because no serious attention has been paid towards this vital aspect by the Government while taking the decision.

Due to this, the people including the elected representatives at the grassroots level feel that mere amending the records cannot be considered as a real tribute to the personalities who laid down their lives for the nation.

The Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha vides its Decision No.117/15/2021 dated October 19, 2021, approved the naming of schools, roads and buildings after martyrs and eminent persons under the ongoing “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations.

The Council had stated, “as a mark of respect and acknowledgement of the exceptional contributions towards the security and development of the Union Territory, the identified infrastructure will be renamed after the martyrs and living legends from Jammu and Kashmir”.

As a sequel to this decision, which received widespread appreciation from the public, the General Administration Department vide Order No.1161 dated October 29, 2021, accorded sanction to the naming of infrastructure assets after the martyrs and eminent personalities. Even the list of martyrs/eminent personalities and infrastructure names was issued.

Accordingly, the concerned Administrative Secretaries were directed to take immediate necessary steps including amending their records for effecting the changes and Divisional Commissioners were asked to personally monitor the naming of infrastructure assets in their respective divisions. Similarly, Deputy Commissioners were told to ensure that suitable events are held in connection with the naming of these infrastructure assets.

However, it has come to the fore that several schools which have been named after the martyrs are lacking basic facilities and infrastructure for the students as no serious attention was paid towards this vital aspect while taking decision.

Quoting an example, they said that Government Primary School Mandi in Reasi district, which has been named after martyred Special Police Officer Abdul Rashid is being run from a ‘Kacha’ private house as no efforts have been made to-date by the Government to provide land for construction of infrastructure. What kind of school named after martyr it is? sources asked, adding “is this a real tribute to the martyr, who laid down his life for the nation”.

“The plight is that there is no appropriate space in the school to erect the board mentioning—Martyr Abdul Rashid Government Primary School Mandi”, they further said, adding “though the Sarpanch of the area has offered a piece of land for raising permanent structure of the school yet the process has not reached the logical conclusion till date”.

Similarly, Government Middle School Thub, also in Reasi district, named recently after martyred Special Police Officer Diwan Singh doesn’t have a boundary wall and other basic facilities required for the students, sources said, adding “there are numerous schools particularly in the rural areas of Union Territory, which have been named after the martyrs but lacking boundary walls and other infrastructure besides an adequate number of teachers for imparting education to the students”.

“The lack of attention towards such schools before their naming after the martyrs can be justified on one pretext or the other but soon after the landmark decision of the Administrative Council at least plans should have been formulated by the School Education Department to provide adequate infrastructure and other facilities”, sources said.

Stressing that all such schools should be developed as model ones, the elected representatives of the people at the grass root level (Panchayat Halqa) said, “mere amending the official records cannot be considered as a real tribute to the personalities who laid down their lives for the nation”, adding “the Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Secretary should pass instructions to the School Education Department for development of these schools as model ones”.

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Republic Day full dress Rehearsal: Div Com Jammu takes salute at M.A Stadium

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The full dress rehearsal for the celebration of Republic Day 2022 was held on Monday here at M. A Stadium Jammu amid tight security arrangements.
The contingents of Army, CRPF, JKP, NCC cadets and other departments besides various schools presented an impressive March past.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer inspected the Parade and took a salute at the march past.
School children and artists of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages presented a colourful cultural programme featuring theme-based presentations.  A brilliant performance by the Dare Devils of Jammu and Kashmir Police mesmerized the audience with spectacular stunts.
Stunning gymnastics performances, shows were also presented by sportspersons of the J&K Sports Council.
The cultural items depicted communal harmony and composite culture of Jammu Kashmir UT, besides featuring patriotic based presentations, folk music and dance.
The function was also attended by Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg, besides other civil and police Officers.
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Raj Bhawan Cancels Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception

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In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Raj Bhawan has decided to cancel this year’s Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception on 26th January 2022.

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has urged the people of the Union Territory of J&K to follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and safety protocols issued by the health officials.

 

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JK Girl conferred with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar by PM Modi

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Who would not be familiar with the name of Aarushi Kotwal of Jammu and Kashmir today? It is such a well-known name in the sports world of the state, whose achievements and talent have been influenced by the National Children’s Award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually given Aarushi Kotwal this award.

17-year-old Aarushi Kotwal is the only player to become the state’s first woman master in chess. Aarushi has been the state champion eight times till now and has impressed everyone with her talent by participating in national and international competitions. Aarushi has also got a chance to represent India in the Commonwealth Chess Competition.

Aarushi Kotwal aspires to one day represent India in chess and become the world champion in the game of check and beat and win the title of Grand Master. Although he has not received special encouragement from the then governments of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, he is quite happy with the support extended by the family and the J&K Chess Association.

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Aarushi still remembers the memorable moment when Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, honoured her with a sum of Rs 50,000 for winning a gold medal in the Asian Chess competition.

While studying in the second grade, Aarushi started playing chess and, for the first time, the secured first position in the under-7 age group and second in the under-9 age group. Aarushi started the chess game first from her home, and then one day, after defeating all the members of the house, she is giving tough competition to the country’s players. As a result, she has proved her talent by participating in many national and international competitions so far.

Aarushi won the gold medal by participating in the Asian School Chess competition held in New Delhi. Apart from this, she has brought laurels to the state and the country by participating in the international competition held in Tashkent. In the 14th Asian School Chess Competition held in Sri Lanka in July 2018, 454 players from 16 countries participated in the boys and girls categories of four different age groups. In this, Aarushi Kotwal successfully won the silver medal by defeating her rivals in the under-17 age group of girls.

Aarushi says that a sports policy has been made in the state, but due to lack of sports earlier, she was deprived of participating in international competitions twice.

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